Jackstraw Backcountry Campsite, lying on the south bank of Timber Creek below 11,704-foot Jackstraw Mountain, is a popular campsite near Timber Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The single site lies in pine woods about four miles up Timber Lake Trail. Allow three or four hours to hike to the site. The trail gains 1,750 feet from car to campsite. Timber Lake, another half-mile up the trail, is a lovely lake surrounded by alpine ridges. The lake offers good fishing and scenic views. Rockslide and Snowbird campsites are just up the valley from Jackstraw. Moose and elk are often seen in the valley. A pit toilet is by the main trail north of the campsite. Drink water from Timber Creek, but boil or treat it before use. The campsite is snow-free by early July.
Recommended season(s): July to September.
—Stewart M. Green